2013 in Books and New Year’s Resolutions

The year 2013 has been a good year reading-wise, even though not writing-wise since I just realized that the only entry I have in this blog for the year 2013 dates back to 4th of January. This post is a lot like that one, except that I’ll do a general overview of my year with less detail and talk about my resolutions for 2014.

In 2013, I have read a total of 51 books. That means I have exceeded my goal of 50 books, which was about a book per week. Only two of them are novellas that were purchased on Kindle, but other than that, they are full sized books. Here are the other statistics:

– 7 of them were Turkish books.

– 5 of them were self-help.

– 1 of them was an autobiography.

– 1 of them was travel writing.

– 22 of them were young adult books. 11 of those were part of a series. 2 of those were novellas.

– The rest of the books were a mixture of other genres, all fiction. I’m not really good at identifying the genres. There were some classics, fantasy and romance.

I have to say that I’m a little bit embarrassed about these statistics. There are changes to be made for 2014. But before I get to my reading resolutions, here comes my top 8 favorite books of the year, in no particular order. I know 8 is a weird number, but I just couldn’t bring myself to choose more and say that I enjoyed it a lot. So here it goes.

1. Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin

2. Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

3. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

6. Saving June by Hannah Harrington

7. Hokkaido Highway Blues by Will Ferguson

8. The City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

I’m kind of relieved to realize that only 3 young adult books made it to my Top 8. But I’m also kind of ashamed that I have The Book Thief and Gone Girl there, since they are insanely popular and I always hate myself when I love ultra popular books. I know it’s insane to think this way, since they are popular for a reason.

I also wanted to compile a list of my least favorite books, but I realized that I drop a book I don’t like as soon as possible. I don’t torture myself by trying to read books I don’t enjoy. Here is a list of the books I dropped:

Perfect on Paper by Maria Murnane: I wouldn’t go near this. There are really bad jokes, and just the sheer idiocy of the main character made me want to break my Kindle. It’s like a really bad rip off of Sophie Kinsella books.

Dark Prince by Christine Feehan: I dug this book out from my college stash, after reading amazing things about it. I don’t want to say too many bad things since I barely got through 50 pages, but it was not for me.

Taking Chances by Molly McAdams: This book represents a turning point in my life: no more buying inexpensive Kindle books based on Goodreads recommendations. I’m way too old for this nonsense of a book, it’s juvenile in a really, really bad way.

The Boy Who Sneaks in My Bedroom Window by Kirsty Moseley: What I said about the previous book goes for this one as well. Although I thought this one was a lot worse. It’s the story of an idiot girl who’s put into overly sexual situations. It’s so bad I don’t even want to think about it.

And now for my 2013 Reading Resolutions:

– My goal for this year is 45 books. I kept the number lower than 2013 because I want to concentrate on reading thicker and better books instead of breezing through numerous young adult ones.

– I will read more adult books.

– I will read more non-fiction books.

– I will read more Turkish books.

– I will try to reread some of my favorite books, and also possibly start reading Harry Potter series.

I guess this is it! Happy 2014 everybody!

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